I’ve joked (kind of) that the motto of the Republican party really needs to be something like, “Blaming President Obama/Democrats for something we caused since January 20, 2009.” I mean, let’s face it, these are the same people who actually try to convince millions of Americans (and have been extremely successful at doing so) that somehow President Obama caused our economic collapse and our economy is actually worse now than in 2009.
Well, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul seems to be taking blaming President Obama up a notch. He’s announced his intention to sue the Obama administration over the NSA surveillance policies.
Paul announced his intentions to sue the Obama administration on Fox News (shocking, I know), and is encouraging Americans to join the lawsuit to, “stop Barack Obama’s NSA from snooping on the American people.”
While speaking with Sean Hannity, Paul claimed that every American who owns a cell phone could be eligible to join the class action lawsuit. He sees this as some kind of statement the American people can send to the government, telling them that they can’t have access to phone calls or emails without proper legal authority.
Maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t Rand Paul’s party give the NSA that very authority?
The Patriot Act, passed by President George W. Bush (you know, a Republican) and supported heavily by Republicans in Congress (though some Democrats did support the bill as well), was the leading catalyst toward these new, far more invasive NSA surveillance tactics.
Not only were Republicans the leading catalysts behind the Patriot Act’s creation, but since its passage, the majority of Republicans (and again many Democrats as well) have continued to give the government permission to participate in some of these surveillance programs that have come under intense scrutiny.
But now Rand Paul wants to act as if President Obama was the mastermind behind giving the NSA this kind of authority? Now, I’m not saying President Obama has been trying to stop them — though he has recently said that many of these programs need to be re-evaluated. But for Paul to imply that this is “Obama’s NSA” when the first president to sign the Patriot Act was a Republican and many Republicans in Congress have continued to give the NSA this kind of authority, is just blatant fear mongering on Fox News by the Kentucky senator.
The legality of the NSA’s surveillance efforts is a debate for another article. That being said, our entire government — Republicans and Democrats alike — are to blame for the power that’s been given to the NSA to behave in a manner many Americans strongly disagree with.
And this little stunt by Rand Paul is just another in a long line of pointless maneuvers the senator is clearly using to set up his probable 2016 presidential campaign.